In 2013 I went on a LandArt Course in North Wales, where I was able to focus on 4 days of creativity. During this time, we were asked to draw sound, using any natural materials around me. I collected a fern and, applying pressure, painted using the pigment of the plant. Since then I have been captivated by natural pigments.
I Paint with Plants, using the pigments within the plant itself. I’ve discovered that creating art in this way allows me to form a deeper connection with my environment. It’s exciting discovering the different pigment colours, to see how long the pigments will stay, whilst learning the plant names. I love sharing this with others and seeing their reaction to playing with natures’ colours.
I worked with The Woodland Trust to create a Painting with Plants Case study as an activity, which was part of a Woodland Interpretation Toolkit.
I delivered Painting with Plants workshops for The Woodland Trust at their National Volunteering Conference in April, 2017 and for their Engagement & Volunteering Team in October 2017. Here is some feedback from the workshops:
“It has inspired and given me confidence to try Painting with Plants with school groups. Lovely to have the time and space to experiment and get hands on. Thank you, very much – Lovely delivery and easy, relaxed style.”
Eleanor Lewis (Woodland Trust National Volunteers Conference).
I was also at the Forest Fest at the Highland Folk Museum in Scotland in August, in both 2016 and 2017. Over 100 adults and children from over 10 Countries in the World have experienced the excitement of plant colours.
“So if I go on holiday and forget my pens, I can colour with nature?!”
Martha, aged 7
“This is great, we can do this at home in the garden.”
If you want to explore the colours of nature then this is for you. I make sure we all collect plants responsibly so there’s enough left for the Bees. Get in touch and we will go and explore together.